Several Rockford Scanner fans sent us the following below.
The FB profile who posted it is called GangGangTheClownhttps://www.facebook.com/theclowns.theclowns
RPS 205 Administrators are aware of a hoax connected to the Internet. District officials are working with Rockford Police to vet these threats and don’t believe they are credible. As a precaution, the district has increased staff and security levels to ensure our schools remain safe. We have also encouraged staff to report any suspicious activity to authorities.
We’re sharing this information to inform parents and community members – not to alarm them. We take all threats seriously – whether they appear to be a hoax or not.
Safety is a top priority in Rockford Public Schools. If you have specific concerns, please contact your building principal.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
UPDATE: There is another clown page threatening the Harlem High 9th grade campus. The profile who posted the Harlem threat is called Rockford Clowns at https://www.facebook.com/RockfordClowns
Harlem School district send out a mass phone call to parents letting them know they are aware of the threat and are taking precautions and investigating the threats.
It was posted on social media yesterday. The threat is saying these people plan on going into a Rockford School (Appears to be Auburn) and start knocking people out. And several parents and students have saw it and are scared. Many parents have called in their children from school, or plan on going to get them from school.
The Rockford police are encrypted, so there is no way to tell if this incident will happen, or maybe has happened……….
Let’s pray that this is only a threat, and this will not actually happen. And police are able to handle this situation before it happens.
NOTE: Scary clown sighting in Rockford: http://rockfordscanner.com/2016/10/scary-clown-sighting-in-rockford/
Update from the RPD:
Following a national trend of “creepy” clown sightings for the past few months, the Rockford Police Department has received numerous calls regarding suspicious clown sightings around the area. The clown sighting trend began in late August and has gained local momentum during the past several days. While most reports across the country have been unfounded, there have been some instances of criminal activity and victimization.
Rockford Police officers are investigating all local reports, all of which have been unfounded at this time, with the exception of a radio promotion of which it has been made aware.
“We appreciate the fact that during this season leading into Halloween, people are using clowns as a fun way to celebrate,” said Chief Dan O’Shea. “However, conveying threats on text or social media that infringe on other people’s rights to feel safe is a crime and will be investigated as such.”
Citizens are encouraged to use caution during unfamiliar encounters and are reminded to call the non-emergency number at 815-966-2900 to report a suspicious sighting, or call 911 to report a crime in progress
The Beloit Police Department is looking into the Twisty the Clown Facebook social media account. As it stands right now the department has not read anything that is illegal or cause for concern. The police department understands the fear that this type of free speech can create and appreciates the concerns that have been expressed. We are partnering with the School District of Beloit to help alleviate and address the fears and concerns that have been voiced. The police department will continue to monitor this Facebook page and take appropriate action should it rise to the level of criminal activity. If anyone happens to know the identity of Twisty the Clown, please lets us know through our Facebook account.
There have been recent reports in the national media concerning subject dressing as clowns with the intent to scare the public, commonly described as “clowning.” These incidents are not simple cases of kids in costumes enjoying a party and trick-or-treating, but more deliberate acts designed to cause a disturbance in our community.
The DeKalb Police Department has also had some recent reports of “clowning” and will investigate each report fully. While it is not illegal to wear any costume, intentional acts that alarm the public may result in criminal charges. The Police Department will also have additional officers working during the Halloween holiday to ensure that everyone enjoys it safely.
The DeKalb Police Department encourages everyone to enjoy the Halloween season responsibly and discourages any “clowning” activities. We further encourage any person to report all suspicious activity to the police department at 815-748-8400 or report all emergencies to 911
On October 4, 2016 the Roscoe Police Department took a report of a suspicious incident/threat put out on the social media platform Instagram towards Roscoe school district students. The threat was from user siggy.the.clown with a photograph of a clown stating: Im coming for you students located in the Roscoe School District…watch out. Another post claims of a sighting in Roscoe. There has been no sighting reported to the Roscoe Police Department, and there is no credible information that anyone is in danger.
The police department has been in contact with the school district, as always we will work closely with them in regards to school safety.
These posts have been circulating all across the country. As you would in any circumstance involving your children advise them not to speak with strangers and to report suspicious incidents to police.